Why Swifties are right
Taylor Swift is an epic American story | Column, Nov. 27
I agree with columnist Peggy Noonan that Taylor Swift is an American treasure. But Noonan failed to write about the two things that I most admire about Swift. Swift re-released five albums to take back control of her music. The record company she first signed was sold to a megamanager, giving him the rights to her earlier master recordings. He had also worked with Kanye West, who had bullied her in the past. Her new record contract gave her a better deal financially and personally. America was built on the idea that you can own your own labor. Second, Taylor Swift’s new political voice has inspired young people to get involved by registering to vote and voting. She has also spoken against people who claim to be Christian but do not act or speak according to Christian ideals. Swift supports women’s and LGBTQ+ rights. She has had the courage to denounce the fascist ideas of the former president. Swift believes in what our founding fathers believed. She represents the best of America.
Ann Jamieson, St. Petersburg
A failure at both
DeSantis plans busy first day at White House | Nov. 26
So Gov. Ron DeSantis has an agenda for his first day as president. I wish he had an agenda for Florida to help with soaring property insurance, affordable housing, gun control, women’s health and climate change. As a governor, he has failed Floridians and, as president, he will fail Americans.
Cindy Heinlein, Lutz
A changing world
The myth of dwindling US manufacturing | Column, Nov. 25
The myth of the decline in U.S. manufacturing is caused by a few very real factors. One is that many goods that seem foreign, like cars, are actually manufactured here. A second is that many of the cheap goods we buy are from overseas, as they are too expensive to make here. Thus what we see in our everyday shopping is foreign goods. Lastly and probably the most important is the declining percentage of the workforce that manufacturing represents. The shift to a service economy and robots has led to an ever-shrinking proportion of workers in the economy. Just as the change from an agricultural to a manufacturing society led to a massive decline in the number of people employed in farming, so has the current change led to a decline in the number of people in manufacturing.
Christopher Radulich, Apollo Beach